Clinique Drugstore Dupes

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There’s always been a beauty debate about high-end products vs. drugstore products. Yes, some department store brands carry better lipstick than those you find at Rite Aid, but I’ve found many exceptions to this rule. One of my favorite money-saving techniques when buying makeup is finding “dupes” of high-end brands at my local drugstore.

As a whole, Clinique is one of my favorite department store brands of products. I highly recommend any of their skincare products since they are very gentle, and they seem to have a product for just about any type of skin. With that being said, sometimes I can’t afford to shell out $36 for a powder or $16 for those 3 lipstick shades I convince myself that I “need”. So, I’ve rounded up a few drugstore products that are a cheaper alternative to a similar Clinique product.

Have you tried any of these products to see which one works better?

clinique dupes

From top to bottom:

Splurge: Clinique Chubby Stick Instense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm  /   Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow for Eyes  /   Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent  /  Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder  /   Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara  /  Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

Steal: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm  /  Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow  /  Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover  /  e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder  /  Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara  /  Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Eye Roller

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  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    I love this, I’m all for finding great and less expensive alternatives. Must try the cover girl lip balms.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  • http://fittraveleraj.blogspot.com/ AJ

    I wear expensive mascara, but all the rest of my stuff is from the drug store. I have that eye roller and I love it…cools down my under eye puffiness in the AM!

    -AJFitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

  • Heather Boschke

    Thanks for the cheat sheet!  I love finding comparable products for less!!!

    XO
    http://www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

  • http://www.fizzandfrosting.com/ Lauren

    I just bought one of the Jumbo Gloss Balms by CoverGirl a few weeks back and am loving it. I haven’t tried Clinique’s so I really can’t compare them, but I doubt I’d pay double when I already like the cheaper version!

    Fizz and Frosting

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      exactly! if you like the color/shade, that’s what matters

  • Sharon S

    I think drugstore mascara is much better than the high end ones! But for eyeshadow and liner, I haven’t been able to find drugstore ones that measure up.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart 

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      I’m with you on the mascara. I actually have a post drafted up about when to save and splurge on makeup :)

  • http://twitter.com/ashnfashn ashnfashn

    I have that eye roller and love it – definitely need to check out some of the other drugstore finds.

    xo Ashleyhttp://www.ashnfashn.com

  • withluckblog

    oh I’m totally pinning this for later! I’m not a very good makeup person so I don’t want to spend a lot of money when I want to try out a product.
    JennWith Luck

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      thanks for pinning!

  • http://www.alwaysmaylee.com/ Always Maylee

    For the most part, I use only drug store makeup. And actually I LOVE neutrogena. I think they have such great products and I prefer it over most department store brands!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Neutrogena is great for skin!

  • Olivia TLGOY

    I pretty much only use drugstore products (although I do use the Clinique daily face moisturizer..it works wonders for my skin) and I have been looking for a new makeup remover so I definitely want to try that Neutrogena one! Amazing post!

    xo Olivia
     This Looks Good On You

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Olivia! :)

  • Kat

    I’m a huge fun of Clinique too – I think it’s a great brand and not as expensive as some of the other ones. However these drugstore dupes are much better, will have to give them a try! x, Kat

    Love and Ace

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      I love Clinique, too- but sometimes I try to save some $ :)

  • Maria

    I ADORE this post. I’m big on Clinique but obviously can’t break the bank on all the Chubby Sticks I want. Great drugstore picks, girl.

    xx
    M

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      same here! Although I love the brand and their products, sometimes I have to pick a cheaper version!

  • http://daydreamer-alifestyleblog.blogspot.com/ Jackie Saffert

    It seems the older I get, the easier it is for me to spend ridiculous amounts on products – hair products, skin products, make-up, everything! I definitely agree that some things are better from the department store and some things are just as good from the drug store. I’m always willing to spend a little more on foundation and powder because it’s such a crucial part of my routine every day. But for things like lipstick, mascara and eyeliner I generally just go to Target!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      same here! I have so many products I rarely use, so if I try out new things and don’t like them, at least I’m only paying a little for them

  • http://www.rachelslookbook.com/ Rachel

    OH YES I love these types of posts…. and especially love this one considering I love Clinique products! I use the Skin Renew Daily Eyeroller and I love it. I need to check out that Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Glad you like it- I’m thinking of doing some more “dupe” posts in the future

  • http://twitter.com/KellyAnnNYC Kelly Ann

    What a great line up, I like the Neutregena Eye Makeup Remover but I usually use the wipes.  I am not a big Clinique girl though! 

    xxKellySparkles and Shoes  

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      I love the wipes, too! Much easier

  • Corinne Kaitlyn

    I didn’t know about the Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow but now I’m thinking I need to check it out!

    - Kaitlyn

    Boardwalks & Boulevards

  • http://twitter.com/drmngincashmere Amy Bishop

    Great tips!! I’m always making poor choices with drugstore make-up, so back to the department store I go:)  I don’t like not being able to test a product first and then if it doesn’t work for whatever reason, I can’t return it.  But coming from a girl like you, I feel like I can trust your recommendations!!
    xoAmy
    http://www.dreamingincashmere.com

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Aw thanks Amy. And oddly enough, some drugstore (Rite Aid and CVS do this) let you bring back and return opened makeup for a full refund. So if you dont like the shade, you can get your money back! You should ask your local drugstore chain :)

  • http://pearlsandlaceblog.com/ Jen

    Such a great post Rachel! I’m not one to spend a ton on makeup as I usually keep it pretty simple so this post is super helpful! 

    xo jen
    pearlsandlaceblog.com

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/DKarivalis Dina Karivalis

    Great tips rachel!  I actually do love some Clinique products but am always interested in finding a cheaper alternative!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

  • http://seventeenthandirving.blogspot.com/ Lauren | Seventeenth & Irving

    The Neutrogena eye makeup remover absolutely works just as well as the Clinique. I used the Clinique all through high school and college, then sometime in my mid-20′s I discovered that the Neutrogena is identical. I’ve used it ever since!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      a perfect example that the “dupes” are sometimes the better alternative!

      • http://seventeenthandirving.blogspot.com/ Lauren | Seventeenth & Irving

        Exactly! At half the price!

  • Susannah Kellogg

    Thanks for sharing these.  I’m always on the lookout for good quality, cheaper makeup.

  • http://feathersfreckles.blogspot.com Feathers & Freckles

    I think it’s funny that for an almost identical product you can save so much! 

  • http://kristinadoestheinternets.blogspot.com/ Kristina Anderson

    Thanks for this Rachel, I want to try out the Garnier eye roller.

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

  • Richelle from Lynn + Lou

    Whoa! Rach, thank you so much for the product reviews. I really appreciate it. I love the Jumbo Gloss balm colors. I might need to try those out. Thanks love!

  • http://www.glossyblonde.com/ Niki Caron

    I haven’t tried any of the drugstore versions! I’m a little curious about the elf Tone Correcting Powder and the Neutrogena Crease Proof Shadow Stick!

  • becauseshannasaidso

    I am such a product junkie and always trying to find ways to save because of my addiction!! LOL. Thanks for sharing all these fab dupes!!! I love all the elf products for sure!!

  • http://twitter.com/MeganFrugalista Megan Zietz

    YES nice finds Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

  • http://twitter.com/SimplyEvani SimplyEvani

    I’ve never tried any of the drugstore versions but I do love the Clinique remover because it’s so gentle on the eyes! Maybe I should give the Neutrogena one a chance! 

  • fromproseccotoplaid

    Love drugstore brands! Love Clinique, too (especially their mascara). I want to try those CoverGirl Gloss balms! They look amazing. xo, Julie 

  • http://thebarnblog.com/ Allyssa

    Clinique is probably the only high end brand I own! And by own, I mean I have one of their bronzers. Everything else is drugstore! Some drugstore products are junk, but there are gems out there, you just have to know where to look! 

    I’ve never used the Neutrogena eye makeup remover, but I’ve used the Target version of it. I love it and it’s even cheaper!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      oh really- thanks for the tip! I love Target in general, so I’m not surprised haha

  • fleurdelyss

    I think drugstore makeup has come a LONG way. And the best thing about drugstore brands is the BOGO and various other coupons! 

    Alyssa
    Fleur de Lyss

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      exactly!

  • Esther

    Thanks for sharing! 

    Fashion for Beauty 

  • http://gofortheglam.blogspot.com/ Olivia

    I haven’t tried many Clinique products but I do love their bronzers! I also love that Neutrogena eye make up remover! It’s my favorite!

    xo Oliviago for the glam

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      someone else said they have great bronzers, too!

  • dancingwithashley

    Jumbo gloss!  I need this.  Ok, I’m loving this splurge/steal posts.  Keep them coming!

    dancingwithashley.blogspot.com

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      thanks Ashley, I will!

  • http://urbanumbrella.blogspot.com/ Bree

    I totally want to try the Covergirl Lipstick and the Garnier eye roll on!
    xoxo BreeThe Urban Umbrella http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

  • http://twitter.com/CourtyStarr Courtney Starr

    I love Clinique too- their moisturizer is unparalleled. But a good drug store find always makes me happy!

    girlavantgarde.com

  • http://twenty-somethingblog.com/ Stephanie @twenty-something

    I love Clinique too, but I can’t always afford it! For me, I’m more willing to splurge on skin care products (I use their clinical dark spot correcter which isn’t cheap, but it works) like moisturizers and makeup removers instead of dishing out money on makeup. I’m always on the lookout for a good makeup deal so I loved this post! You should do more of these. :)

    Stephanie 

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      thanks Stephanie, I plan on it :)

  • http://www.southerncabelle.com/ Ashley

    This is such a great post Rachel!  I’m always buying makeup that’s much too expensive and it’s nice to see some cheaper alternatives.  You have the best blogging ideas, seriously!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Aw thank you so much- that means the world to me!

  • http://www.ashleynicolecatherine.com/ ashley nicole catherine

    love this! i feel like the drugstore buys are hit-or-miss, but i want to try the covergirl lip balm! i will say that i am a huge fan of neutrogena and love almost every product i’ve tried! especially now that they’ve launched a naturals line!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Neutrogena is one of my favorite drugstore brands, too!

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  • Product Hoochie

    I like the CG Gloss Balm better than the Clinique and I find the Garnier roller to do the job. I am not a particular fan of the e.l.f. powder. I found it did not do much but I never tried the Clinique Redness Solution.

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  • Anna Woodward

    Yeah Clinique Redness Solution i am coming for u . I am using clinique products since two months and i am really liking it. especially the SPF 30 Palmer that is just best for my skin tone.